Lady Gaga welcomed throngs of concertgoers to The Forum in Los Angeles last night, the first of three sold-out shows by one of pop music’s leading queens. Standing tall above the night’s theatrics — the theatrics of Gaga’s costumes and props, of the getups sported by her devoted fans (they sure do love fishnets!) and, perhaps most jaw-dropping, the theatrics of her elaborate, pyrotechnic-laden sets — were the 22 songs she pumped directly into the heads of her devoted Little Monsters.
For Lady Gaga, it all comes down to the music — that and her overarching, oft-referenced message of love and acceptance for all.
Fans left last night’s show with more than a head full of their favorite song lyrics, each of which was performed to its fullest. They also left with a directive from their pop music khaleesi: Despite the craziness of what’s going on in the world today, we will persist through the spread of love and support for our brothers and sisters.
Watch a particularly poignant moment, shared between Lady Gaga and the L.A. crowd, below:
Lady Gaga has of course always been aware of the support she’s received from the LGBTQ community, and it’s more than likely that a bulk of the crowd last night were queer individuals. Her longstanding message that everyone is deserving of love and respect has resonated with queer people since her pop persona inception.
So it’s no wonder that last night’s most rousing moment was her colorful rendition of “Born This Way,” a song that despite being only six years old has become the de facto anthem for LGBTQ acceptance. The song snowballed in its significance when Gaga performed it live at the Super Bowl back in February, a fact she acknowledged right before performing it.
Watch part of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” below:
All these years after the track’s debut, “Born This Way” is still able to hit a nerve thanks to its message (and its explicit mention of gay, straight, bi, lesbian and transgender people). It’s a message that even today is surprisingly blatant in its acknowledgment of our still-marginalized community. Many artists — particularly those of the pop music variety — talk the talk when it comes to us, but Lady Gaga has long walked the walk.
Here’s hoping our future sees many more artists — those blessed with a lofty platform and legions of fans who hang on every word — pick up that mantle from her.
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Last night I was thrilled to take part in a brand-new promotion by Verizon. Verizon Up is the company’s new program rewarding customers with a bevy of valuable perks. Instead of trivial items, customers can redeem a free month of Apple Music, discounted Uber rides, free HBO Now, or — as I did — a front-row seat to an upcoming Lady Gaga concert. The tickets are doled out on a “first come, first served” basis, and some lucky Verizon customers will get their ticket upgraded on-site at future Gaga shows. (We hear Super Bowl tickets will soon come down the pipeline, too.) Head here for more info.